Green light for £56 million University Station redevelopment
The £56 million University Station redevelopment has now been confirmed after West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) bosses agreed on the full business case.
This approval for the development means that work can start later this year on building a new fit-for-purpose station with modern facilities and capable of handling 7.2 million passengers a year.
The current 1970s built station is one of the busiest in the region and badly in need of redevelopment to accommodate the four million passengers a year who use it, while allowing for future growth.
Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), which is part of the WMCA, is leading a consortium including the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City Council, Network Rail, West Midlands Trains and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP to fund and develop the project.
The new station, along with the provision of extra rolling stock from West Midlands Trains from 2021, will allow even more staff, visitors and students to take the train and avoid traffic queues on the congested A38.